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[buhk-ruh] /ˈbʌk rə/
noun, Southern U.S. (chiefly South Atlantic States) .
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a white man.
Origin of buckra
Jamaican English
1685-90; of uncertain origin; often alleged to be < Efik m̀bakára white man; compare Jamaican English backra, earlier E spelling bochara, bacceroe, backearary Unabridged
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(used contemptuously by Black people, esp in the US) a White man
Word Origin
C18: probably from Efik mba-ka-ra master
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Word Origin and History for buckra

disparaging term among U.S. blacks for "white person," especially a poor one, 1790, apparently from an African language; cf. mbakara "master" in Efik, a language of the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria.

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A white man, esp a poor and mean one; cracker, paddy

[1790+ Black British; probably fr mbakara, ''master,'' fr several West African languages]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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